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RE: Dumb mistake

And I wouldn't worry about it. If you were driving, then the majority of the rain blew over the bed of the truck. The 10 drops that went in it will be caught by your water filter. Bill
Trackrig 01/15/22 09:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ALASKA! Driving from California to Anchorage...

I can make Anchorage to Omak, WA in 60 hours in my truck. That's running 65 to 90 MPH, sleeping in the truck when I'm tired and eating in the truck from the cooler in the front seat with me. I have a 110 gal tank in the truck bed so I don't have to buy fuel on the way, when I'm starting to doze off, I get out and pump some fuel by hand or make a call on the sat phone for a few minutes. So it was 60 hours down last trip. Coming back up with a nice three axle goose neck trailer with a 9,000# Tucker Snocat on it, it was several days longer. There was a lot more road construction going on, road work, new bridges going in, paving, and accidents. When traffic would come to a stop I would go tell whoever was behind me that I was going to sleep and to lay on his horn when the traffic started moving. One long accident was when someone hit a UPS truck head on and the driver went thru the front windshield. Traffic stops, you wait for the Mounties and medics to show up, then the helicopter to take out the body, then for the mess on the road to be cleaned up while the various vehicles are being hauled away by the wreckers. I think I got almost 5 hours of sleep on that one. I also make good time in the middle of the night when there is only a little traffic and I try to time my trips so I cross the boarders in the middle of the night to avoid the lines. Remember in Canada there is basically one road, when it comes to a stop, there's no cutting off on another road out and around, you sit there and wait. Why people are in a hurry to get here to see Alaska, I don't understand. I've been here 50 years and think it's a great place, but the scenery in Canada is every bit as good as Alaska's. And let's talk about the frost heaves on the road. On the way down with just the truck, just south on the northern boarder, I hit one frost heave so hard it threw the extra new spare tire I was taking down for the trailer, completely out of the back of truck. I never did find it. And the animals standing in the middle of the road such as moose, bison, bears and goats. They're blocking the road along with the tourists taking pictures. Unless I had a second driver so there was no sleep stops, I'd never dream of CA to AK in 60 hours. I've got another trip next summer from Anchorage to eastern Canada to pick up another Snocat, but I'll have to take a trailer both directions so it will be a lot slower. Bill
Trackrig 01/11/22 11:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Windows 11

It just amazes me how a company like Microsoft, who are so good at everything else they do, can put out a product like Windows 8 and 10. That's how the public sees them is through the way their computers operate. It took me a long time to get over this before I'd buy Microsoft stock. Bill
Trackrig 12/31/21 08:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Windows 11

I would love to keep my Windows 10 Pro forever, if that were allowable. I don”t thinking that’s gonna happen, though. My Toshiba laptop isn’t able to upgrade to W11, anyway. :S Maybe it will last? I'm still running Windows 7 because I can't stand Windows 10. When they get Windows 11 a little more settled, maybe it won't be too bad and I'll upgrade. Bill
Trackrig 12/31/21 04:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Alternator and LiFePo battery question

Duty cycle is usually 1/3 Example 120 amp alternator--continuous load 40 amps. Don - Is your rating what you feel a standard gas engine alternator should be capable of? I ask because I have Leece Neville 165 amp heavy duty alternators on a lot of equipment with diesel engines Nodwells and Tucker Snocats). 33% of 165 amps would be about 55 amps. When running them in the late fall or winter with all of the lights, heaters and engine fans on, I can easily pull 90 to 100 amps. If I'm using the electric winches, I'll run more than that. I haven't had an alternator fail yet, but your post made me curious. Bill
Trackrig 12/30/21 09:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Moving

Stick to the major moving companies. Another friend just got ripped off from one of the lowballers. Once they have your goods they suddenly come up with more charges and when they have your goods, there's nothing you can do but pay them. Bill
Trackrig 12/24/21 12:44pm Coast to Coast
RE: Differential Service

I've always changed the differential oil in my rigs around 50,000 miles if I bought them new. If it's a used vehicle, it gets changed as just part of going through everything. I like to know if anything is falling apart in there before it's serious. Bill
Trackrig 12/21/21 11:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Windows 11

I can't stand WIN 10 so I've never gone any further than WIN 7 Professional. Considering my dislike of WIN 10, I've been looking at WIN 11 but I agree with the crapware problem. And I read just yesterday that Microsoft can now block FireFox totally. I think I'll keep using WIN 7 for several more years. Bill
Trackrig 12/17/21 08:33pm Technology Corner
RE: 12 volt battery question please

I'm in Alaska and I never remove my batteries for either my MH, TT, or hunting rigs. Charge them up, take the battery cables off of them and they'll be just fine. My batteries have been through a lot of -40F winters. And on the hunting rigs they only ever get started and used during Sept. The batteries avg 7 - 8 years. Bill
Trackrig 12/17/21 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Carrying extra fuel in Canada

I made a recent trip up and down with my 110 gal tank in the back of my truck as usual. No one even took a second look at it. Use Gas Buddy in Canada also. They have big price swings going from one providence to another. Bill
Trackrig 12/11/21 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rotella T6 5w-40 hard to find

I order mine from Amazon. Bill
Trackrig 11/09/21 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I want to run a microwave on an inverter

I'm running four 6V batteries and a 2000W inverter. I use them to power my microwave for about three minutes only to heat a cup of something. I don't think I'd use it for ten minutes. Do you have four batteries or only two? Bill
Trackrig 10/19/21 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Never saw this before!

In Alaska I don't even stop at the scales with my tractor and lowboy trailer carrying my hunting equipment since I'm not a commercial vehicle. In the States, I've never stopped at a scale house with my DP, Im in t a commercial vehicle and I'm not registered in their State. I don't believe they want all of the RVers in the scale houses clogging things up when they don't know how to get on and off of the scales. If I'm wrong, they can send someone after me. Bill
Trackrig 10/19/21 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: IN-LINE FUEL FILTERS for generators

Why do you want to go to a different filter? While I have a larger Onan, I've stayed with the original filter changing it every couple of years. Bill
Trackrig 10/19/21 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Border Crossing Headed To Alaska

I recently did the trip down and back through Canada. I had my shots and the original shot record. Have copies if they want to keep a record of it. Even though I had my shots, I had to have a covid test within 72 of crossing the boarder both directions. The test is easy to get in Anch, results usually within 3 - 4 hours if you get it first thing in the morning. At the northern boarder area, meaning Tok or Glennallen, there is no place to get the rapid test. Get it in Fbks or Anch. Coming north, I like to cross in Oroville, WA. A very nice quiet check point. You can get the rapid test in Omak WA at the clinic behind Les Schwab tires, abut 25 miles from the boarder. Remember, besides your passport, it's up to each boarder agent as to what they will ask for or check - there is no set check list. Bill
Trackrig 09/30/21 09:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border Crossing Headed To Alaska

I recently did the trip down and back through Canada. I had my shots and the original shot record. Have copies if they want to keep a record of it. Even though I had my shots, I had to have a covid test within 72 of crossing the boarder both directions. The test is easy to get in Anch, results usually within 3 - 4 hours if you get it first thing in the morning. At the northern boarder area, meaning Tok or Glennallen, there is no place to get the rapid test. Get it in Fbks or Anch. Coming north, I like to cross in Oroville, WA. A very nice quiet check point. You can get the rapid test in Omak WA at the clinic behind Les Schwab tires, abut 25 miles from the boarder. Remember, besides your passport, it's up to each boarder agent as to what they will ask for or check - there is no set check list. Bill
Trackrig 09/30/21 03:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Limp mode in Ford diesel vehicles - how prevalent?

Almost all of my friends own diesel trucks. Only the ones with Dodges have had the problem, especially on 2021 trucks. The local Dodge dealer had so many of them with problems it them a month to get to the last friend. Bill
Trackrig 09/11/21 12:28am Tech Issues
RE: DP oil change near dfw, texas

Call any of the major truck dealers like Kenworth, Peterbuilt, Mack, International, etc. I'd make an appointment and I'd take your own oil and fuel filters as they could have a hard time getting them with all of the parts shortages. When was the last time you had the air dryer serviced on your air brakes? Service the generator also while you're there? Bill
Trackrig 09/11/21 12:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery size question

I agree with Pianotuna - there's no need to remove them. Just charge them and disconnect the leads. My batteries last 7 - 8 years that way, why make life difficult and you're not getting any younger or stronger. Bill
Trackrig 08/31/21 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crossing the border a number of Different days --ArriveCAN

I just drove the AlCan from Alaska to WA and back. I can easily make it down within the 72 hours so I was hoping to go down, pick up my trailer and go north again within the 72 hours. Unfortunately for a lot of reasons I ran into all of the fires around Conconully and Lake Chelan. Yes, you need tests that are no older than 72 hours each time you cross so you may need two or three tests. I wouldn't run back and forth. The testing places can't guarantee when you will get the results back. It depends on the volume of their tests to work thru, the day of the week and time of day you take the test. The best thing to do is be at the testing place before they open, take the test, and then hope you get them within 4 - 5 hours. Some places will text you when the results are ready and others won't - check with them and be sure. Remember - each time you cross, you will be dealing with a different Canadian Customs agent and they all do things differently and be assured the second agent will not do it the same as the first agent. Have copies of your shot and testing records for each crossing. Often, but not always, they will want to keep a copy of them SO HAVE EXTRAS. If you're crossing the border every day or several times in a short time span, I'd plan in your time to be inspected / searched. They could suspect you're hauling things you shouldn't be, back and forth. And it could be US Customs will inspect you. I'd say you're going to spend half of your time dealing with shot and customs issues. I'd go north and stay there, don't cross back and forth. The ArriveCan app was a waste of time. You have to put everything in on your cell phone, you can't do it on a laptop or desktop. I downloaded the app, fought with the first app for a couple of hours, got most of the info in and then a message came up and told me to download the new app. I downloaded the new app and it was no better, but I got through it. I hit the finish / enter button and a message came back telling the app was full, with no alternatives. I hopped in the truck and headed south. I got to the border, where it was taking about 30 minutes per vehicle, and the agent asked if I had used the app. I told her yes, but it didn't work. Luckily I had saved the last page of the app stating it was full. She didn't like it, but asked another 100 questions and had me come inside to fill out some forms. On the way north a couple of days later, with a new covid test, I wasn't asked about the app at all. One of the problems with the app is it was developed for people arriving by plane - it wants to know your exact time of arrival and at what airport. Do you think anyone driving can tell them the exact time - what if you sit in the customs line for a couple of hours. And driving you could enter thru a dozen different check points. Hopefully they're done with that app, but who knows, it's up to the particular agent you get. Go north and stay there until you're done. Bill
Trackrig 08/30/21 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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